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  1. Do you know anything about which unit(s) the Broussard may have been marked for? My knowledge of AdA units is limited to very late Cold War combat types, but going back at least to the 1960s I believe it was standard practice to have code numbers that correspond to the wing (escadron). Also worth noting that at least for some types in the later era the unit badges differ from one side to the other since the insignia were for the squadrons but aircraft were shared within the wing. So you may need to search for a port-side view to confirm if there is a different (or any) marking there. Re: the Swiss Escadrille 6 badge, you may get better results using the alternate German term (Fliegerstaffel 6):
  2. While it may not be historically accurate, it's a gorgeous display of the Jolly Rogers' most recent mounts. Nicely done!
  3. Well done! Love this scheme, and have plans for one of my own as part of a 57th FIS history collection. Were these the kit decals, or an aftermarket sheet?
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    Not a walkaround and not lavishly illustrated, but you'll probably find this e-book from NASA of interest - it covers the full life of the XL program (GD/USAF and NASA): https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/elegance_in_flight.pdf
  5. Far from an expert but I can tell you the badge seems to represent a Gallic warrior from the Roman era (in cartoonish fashion, reminiscent of the French comic character Asterix). The Armee de L'Air unit SPA 96 Gaulois uses a similar badge but theirs has a more realistic representation of the warrior and consistently uses a lozenge-shaped background, vs the star in a circle seen here. https://www.traditions-air.fr/unit/photo/096.htm
  6. CT7567

    1/72 RF-8A or G

    72-061 with the early RF-8G is sold out from Wolfpak but still available from Fantasy Printshop: https://www.fantasyprintshop.co.uk/shop/wolfpak-72-061-red-eye/
  7. Do you have a scale preference? The manufacturers you mention imply 1/48.
  8. Looks pretty good to me. Is that a splice of the Monogram G onto Trumpeter's undersized tail, or did you find a spare wing or tail someplace else to do the job?
  9. CT7567

    1/72 RF-8A or G

    Yes, the F-100Fs were used on the Misty Fast FAC role in Vietnam (as well as being the original Wild Weasels). Obviously if you've ordered the triple conversion you'll have the set anyway, but this is another case of later kit(s) superseding the need for conversion work. AMT released an F-100F based on the earlier ESCI F-100D, and Italeri did the same for theirs (the two are of very similar engineering and quality, but not the same despite reports otherwise). Much later Trumpeter did the F-100 family with a substantial improvement in detail (notably separate slats) but unfortunately their two-seater is one of their biggest let-downs in accuracy - the forward fuselage is long enough for a 3-place cockpit! I've got the Trumpeter F-100F in my stash and have toyed with the idea of using the Falcon parts as a correction kit, but if someone wanted to build an F-100F my recommendation is definitely to go with the AMT or Italeri kits.
  10. CT7567

    1/72 RF-8A or G

    Yes, the RF-8 conversion is designed for the Hasegawa kit. The much better Academy kit didn't exist yet when Falcon created this set. I've never seen/read of anyone trying to use this on the Academy kit so can't verify how it might fit (I do know Hasegawa's kit has some established shape/dimensional issues). I mentioned above that this is an "imperfect" conversion because it uses an F-8E as donor. In addition to carrying over the Hasegawa issues (most notably the too-wide cockpit & canopy), the most notable accuracy issue is Falcon's re-use of the Hasegawa F-8E nose. In reality the RF-8A and RF-8G had a similar nose shape to the early Crusaders (up to F-8C), roughly oval in cross-section at the base of the windscreen with a conical profile. The F-8E nose was slightly larger and a symmetrical ogive shape due to the radar fitted. To do an accurate recce bird you'll need to reshape the Hasegawa nose significantly (or find an early Crusader conversion, which is much more rare than the RF-8 sets). There are a number of other (comparatively minor) detail differences between the F-8E and RF-8 you may want to incorporate - as well as differences from the original F8U-1P to the final RF-8G, depending what variant and what point in its service life you want to represent. @Tailspin Turtle has an outstanding summary of these features on his blog site: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2013/12/?m=1
  11. Other than photoetch sets the only upgrade for Revell's Enterprise I'm aware of is the resin set from Starfighter: https://www.starfighter-decals.com/upgrade-and-hangar-set-for-uss-enterprise-cvn65.html Your best bet for a new island is probably Shapeways.
  12. Ok, I think I follow you now - you were referring to the future *Trumpeter* Intruder family (your earlier post didn't say this). As noted above, all the Fujimi A-6s do include slats, but no flaps.
  13. Not sure which A-6 kits you may be referring to here (the HLJ link doesn't route to a specific product page). To the best of my knowledge Fujimi's Intruder series covered all the major variants (A-6A, KA-6D, A-6E, and EA-6A). One of the family's few flaws is the provision for dropped slats but no flaps - a configuration not possible on the real airframe.
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    1/72 RF-8A or G

    It's a mystery why no manufacturer has done an injection RF-8 kit in 1/72. Unfortunately even the alternatives for "Option B" are less than ideal. Conversion kits have been done by Airmodel and Falcon (vacform), RVHP (resin), and Ventura (limited-run injection). Of the above, only the Falcon set is still in current production, for the others you'll have to search the secondary market. More importantly, none of the conversions are entirely accurate - to varying degrees they all represent a mix of RF-8 and F-8E features (probably due to the latter being the type represented in all of the intended donor kits by Hasegawa or Academy). As far as the specific variant, most if not all the conversions are nominally for the RF-8G. Since the RF-8G is - more or less - an RF-8A with select upgrades common to the F-8E airframe, backdating to the RF-8A is really less work than correcting the basic flaws in the conversions. Decals for the G are easier to obtain than for the A, but options for the G are quite limited. RVHP's set included decals, there was a set for the Ventura conversion, and Wolfpak has one of tbe last RF-8Gs in USN Reserve service on a recent sheet.
  15. Just a suggestion, since the areas in question are uniform strips of single color, and you already have several decals in place that woild conflict with masking, wouldn't it be easier (or at least safer) to make decals to apply as the color strips? All you really need is a large enough piece of decal sheet (even an edge from this kit's sheet would do). Painting over an area of the sheet then cutting into properly sized strips should give you what you need (you could add a layer of decal film or other clear coat for safety, but just the uniform color coat is probably sufficient to hold together).
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